Long story short - my Galaxy Active S8 apparently got wet inside, and stopped working (although I think I can revive). I've let the Samsung microSD card for almost 24 hours, and as it's simply a card I believe the data should be easily retrievable as I've had SD cards get wet before, but would work after drying.

However, when I put the microSD card in my PC, doesn't show up in the Windows Explorer like normal. I don't see an additional drive pop up at all.

I can't remember if I encrypted my card or not. So, I'm hoping I did, and that's why it's not appearing as mounted on my PC. What would an encrypted SD Card do, or look like, when inserted in a computer? Would it appear as a drive, but prevent any access - or would it simply not show up at all?

  • Android/Linux use different file-system formats than Windows. Windows can't read them at all so they may not be displayed (depends on the used Windows version and revision). Also make sure to check hat is displayed in the disk management view. It shows more details than the Explorer.
    – Robert
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 20:55
  • @Robert - Thanks for that comment! I have Ubuntu on a separate drive - let me boot in to that, cross my fingers, and see if it works!
    – BruceWayne
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 21:22
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    Run dmsg -w on Linux before connecting SD card. That's the simplest way to know if card is detected properly regardless of whether it's encrypted, or the filesystem is broken etc. Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 4:09
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    @BruceWayne that indicates the failure is at hardware level. RIP! Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 15:25
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    @IrfanLatif Thanks for your help. If you want, put the dmesg -w troubleshooting tip in an answer, and I'll mark it.
    – BruceWayne
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 17:42

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You could look at it with gparted in Linux. If it's toast, it is.
Give it a try ... it is the standard partition mounting gui tool in Linux.

Else take it to a repair center from your Phone Service Provider. Give them a try.

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    Do you have any links/more info on how to use gparted?
    – BruceWayne
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 13:45
  • parted/gparted/fdisk/gdisk are partitioning tools. Kernel does not recognize the card at hardware level. There are no block devices evaluated, so no partition table, no /dev or /sys entries. What would gparted do there! It simply won't be aware of the existence of the card. @BruceWayne please update your question with the actual problem to avoid irrelevant answers. Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 14:38
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    @IrfanLatif - Yeah, I need to edit my OP...it spiraled from my original question. In any case, for now I consider this specific question closed thanks to your tips :)
    – BruceWayne
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 15:21

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